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Microsoft XNA is a set of tools with a managed runtime environment provided by Microsoft that facilitates video game development and management. XNA attempts to free game developers from writing "repetitive boilerplate code" and to bring different aspects of game production into a single system.

The XNA toolset was announced March 24, 2004, at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California. A first Community Technology Preview of XNA Build was released on March 14, 2006. XNA Game Studio 2.0 was released in December 2007, followed by XNA Game Studio 3.0 on October 30, 2008. XNA Game Studio 4.0 was released on September 16, 2010 along with the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools.

XNA currently encompasses Microsoft's entire Game Development Sections, including the standard Xbox Development Kit and XNA Game Studio.

The name "XNA" originated out of the project's development name, Xbox New Architecture. Instead of being released under the Xbox name, the Xbox 360 was released (2005), and XNA came to stand for "XNA's Not Acronymed".

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Welcome! The September update of Imagine Earth is ready. Our focus this time is on share trading but as usual you get lots of improvements and new features.

We hope you enjoy all of these goodies. If you haven’t reviewed the game on steam yet, please do! Let us know what you think about the changes. We’re so close to reclaim the 80% – Very good“ rating, which would be incredibly great for the reception of the game. Cheers, Martin & Jens

Shares Trade & AI

You can’t miss the new share panel which is located among the all important panels in the middle bottom. It offers a great overview to all values and numbers that play a role in share trading.

The AI opponents are know actively buying shares. At least those who have share trading in their corporate agenda. On the right you see how many owners a corporation has and how many shares they own. This also means another important thing: AI will now actively take over cities if they have a sufficient amount of shares. The times when you could sell your own shares excessively without a risk are over!

Catastrophes and Global Warming

All possible natural catastrophes are now listed in the Global warming drop down. And the disaster risk is rising by several percentages with ongoing global warming.

You will be notified regularly about the changes in the global ecosystem.

Tools in the Build Panel

We integrated a toolbox into the build ring and the build menu. There you can activate tools for mass upgrading, cleaning and repairing. It’s super handy and it come’s with the new forestation tool: It always plants the best fitting forest on a piece of land. You only have to examine the type of vegetation first.

Productivity Warning Icon

We brought a permanent icon into the world that shows unmistakably when a certain production building is unproductive or misplaced. So you can optimize your colony without having to do guess work and checking each individual field.

Highscores for Steam Workshop Planets

You can now compete for global highscores on every planet that you downloaded from Steam Workshop. Just play it in competition mode and get ready to beat global scores.

Music Tracks

We have a new win theme created by Alex of William E. Audio. A good opportunity to play and win one of those workshop planets and listen to it!

Also, we changed two music tracks that where part of the game for years now. Their highest intensity level for the final state of global warming was an e-guitar melody that most people couldn’t stand for long. We optimized one track to be suitably played as background music for longer time and erased the other completely. Please stay tuned until we have the funding for a full force SciFi soundtrack

New Event Notifications

As you can see new event notification popups will inform you from now on when important things are happening. They popup whenever you earn landing permits, research budget or licenses. They will also show up when catastrophes are threatening your base.

Gamescom, August 20. -24th

We have been to gamescom in Cologne and showed Imagine Earth to the public in the Indie Arena Booth. Definitively the best place for innovative Indie Studios! As expected it was a so called blast to present the game to so many excited players. New ideas and balancing issues popped up by the minute. Also the prime minister of our home state was showing up to try the smartest climate crisis simulator made in Niedersachsen, Germany so far ;D




In case you’re wondering, the one to my right in the first picture isn’t Martin. It’s Timo from Mad About Pandas who helped me out presenting Imagine Earth for almost 10 hrs over 5 days because Martin has become a father most recently and couldn’t attend the show due to obvious priorities.

Lots of Other Things

  • Simplified script syntax (will soon be available for workshop as-well)
  • Changed color of infrastructure building icons
  • Allow to cancel „quit mission“ dialog
  • Make sure trader has always at least one laser or pulse cannon
  • Display faction names in game setup
  • Xrathul now „harvest“ all colony buildings – not only districts
  • Display victory point target number in victory points panel
  • Improved camera controls (less sensitive in some situations)
  • Also adjust temperature in fields adjacent to area of climate generator
  • Display build graphics immediately after placements
  • Colorize area that will belong to a city while it’s being built
  • Removed annoying sound in colony rating panel
  • Make sure AI keeps some resource and items to have better trading opportunities between players
  • Improved territorial dominance logic – distance to claiming building should be more important than build order
  • Allow cancelling of research
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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25

I have uploaded some open-source XNA 4.0 projects on my downloads page here: Indiedb.com

I will be uploading more projects there later over time. Happy Coding :-D

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25

Finally! MonoGame is coming to Xbox One. MonoGame implements XNA 4.0 and allows developers to port their games to other platforms besides the default platforms supported already by the XNA 4.0 Framework. Link: Twitter.com

Also, I need to correct myself on an older post. Unity has Mono built into it, not MonoGame. So if you are eager to finish your XNA game, with some work, it is possible to import your XNA or MonoGame project into Unity. Mono is a cross-platform open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework. It is based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime.

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25

With MonoGame 3.4 (which is the continuation of XNA 4.0) for Visual Studio 2015, it is now possible to create a game for Universal Windows Platform (UWP). This also makes it possible to get your XNA project to run on Windows 10 with UWP. Since the Xbox One dev kit supports UWP, it might also be possible to get a MonoGame project running on it.

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CakeKing64
CakeKing64

Awesome :P

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25

If anyone is curious, it is possible to integrate your XNA Game Project into Unity, but it might take a little extra work. This is a proof of concept showing the Platformer XNA starter kit running inside Unity3D. Zero code changes have been made to the original game code. Using a mixture of new code and some code from MonoGame, the author has implemented XNA emulation. They did so by having a game object with a script attached run an XNA game performing updates and drawing.

Check out this link below for the source code:
Github.com

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Arethrid
Arethrid

Interesting but what about the performance? I persume it would drop radically under such conditions.

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25

My apologies for replying back so late. Under such conditions, it is possible for the frame-rate to drop. By performance, are you referring to graphics specifically? I sometimes rarely hear people speak of physics performance or audio performance. Honestly it depends how the XNA game was coded prior to being imported into Unity. It would be best to fix garbage collection issues in your XNA game project before importing it into Unity. There are many ways to help increase performance in your XNA project prior to importing it into Unity. Its a question of whether or not you are CPU or GPU bound. Using the CLR Profiler can help you find out. Things like changing foreach loops to for, multi-threading, using StringBuilder instead of String, and using DrawUserPrimitives are just some ways to help the frame-rate. In my game constructor, I set the following to false: IsFixedTimeStep = false; and graphics.Synchr

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Arethrid
Arethrid

(Sorry for the double post. I didn't realize that I was logged out)

No problem. Yes, I was referring to the graphics performance.
You mentioned DrawUserPrimitives(). So far I have only used it in 3D with Vector3. Do you use DrawUserPrimitives in 2D as well? If so are you still using a Vector3 and just projecting 3D data on an orthographic view? Do you know if vector2 can be used with vertecies and triangles?
Thanks.

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Jdawgg25
Jdawgg25

For drawing primitives in 2D, you really just need to know what to tell the system to make it work. Check out this great tutorial for more information. I hope it will further answer your questions as it has helped me.

Bit-101.com

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Arethrid
Arethrid

I checked the link you posted, after seeing it I remembered that I checked the same blog long ago (might be a couple of years ago). Turns out the author is talking about what I was refering in my comment. Projecting Vector3 vertecies on an orthographic view. It was good to read it again. Thanks a lot for the reply and the link.
Cheers!

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nice! :D

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